Apropos - adj. - Of an appropriate or pertinent nature.
laconic - adj. - Using as few words as possible to communicate much information; pithy and concise.
venal - adj. - venous; pertaining to veins
Gordian Knot - N. - From the name of a legendary knot tied to a pole near the temple of Zeus in Gordium. It was prophesied that whoever loosed the knot would become ruler of all Asia. Alexander the Great solved the puzzle by slicing through the knot and took it as a sign of Zeus's favor. He then proceeded to conquer much of the known world.
corporatism - N. - Political system in which power is exercised through large organizations (businesses, trade unions, etc) working in concert with each other, under the direction of the state.